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Livestock producers to benefit from new EU members

by 5m Editor
10 January 2007, at 11:37am

UK - Beef and pig producers in the UK are set to benefit from Romania and Bulgaria’s new European Union member status, according to industry experts.

The two countries, which joined the EU on 1 January, imported 93,000 tonnes of beef between them in 2006, according to latest Meat and Livestock Commission figures. An estimated 70,300 tonnes of this, the majority of which was lower-quality beef trimmings, came from Brazil.

However, due to higher import tariffs to EU countries, it would no longer be viable for Brazil to export lower quality meat to Bulgaria and Romania, forcing the two countries to look elsewhere.

Peter Hardwick, MLC international manager, said this could provide the UK livestock industry with an opportunity to increase exports.

'Future opportunities'

“Romania and Bulgaria consume high amounts of beef, and while it isn’t high quality at the moment, that could change and there could be future opportunities.

Source: Farmers Weekly

5m Editor